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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Board Games by Spursfan2 on 30 May 2013 4:37pm
We are having a 'cull' of our many, many board games [they are going to the village fete] so today Zak went up into the loft to get them down.

Amongst them was a very battered Monopoly set, which I remembered playing with as a child (we also have our own set, but this was my parents).

It is a square box, black and according to a website I've been on it dates from World War II.

I remember that the board (which we haven't found) was separate to the box. Also the playing tokens (hat, ship, iron etc.) are pictures on wooden blocks. This was apparently done because of the shortage of metals. Of course I always assumed they were the norm, when growing up!!

Unfortunately it is in too bad a condition, with a battered box and missing pieces, to be worth a fortune - but interesting nevertheless!!

I'd like to know whether Mom bought it for my sister (who was born in 1938) during the war when Dad was away in Burma - or maybe to play with other members of the family. Perhaps they bought it AFTER the war, when Dad was back.

Think I'll message my sister in NZ and see if SHE knows!!

Re: Board Games by suzulu on 1 June 2013 9:13pm
Are you going to keep it, Anne?
Re: Board Games by Spursfan2 on 2 June 2013 9:26am
Yes, Sue - as I said, it isn't worth anything as it is so battered and not complete, but even so it has a lot of happy memories tied up in that box.

We ARE getting rid of our more modern set.

It got me thinking how we accept things as kids - or has that all changed these days?!! I have always thought that the metal monopoly 'tokens' look weird, being used as a child to the wooden/cardboard ones which I now know are from the War!!


Re: Board Games by TERRY S on 2 June 2013 3:38pm
That sounds quite lovely. I'd love to see that. Shame it it's not complete though.
Re: Board Games by Ken Dunn on 16 June 2013 7:39am
There was a man (a police curator) on The Antiques Road Show a few days ago who had the Monopoly set used by the great train robbers in the farm building where they holed up after the crime. It was quite battered too and had a real £5 note with it. It is said the robbers used real money to play their monopoly rather than the that which belonged with the game.

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